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Tew's Day 
19th-Oct-2010 07:26 am
Happy birthday to khaosworks and runnerwolf!

Hello to new reader ceciliasg!

State of the 'Song

Oi, Bostonians!
I am to be Alice in Wonderland for a group Halloween costume. I'll be looking to assemble a costume on my own, but if you have bits I can borrow, let me know? Time-crunched 'song is time-crunched.

Oi, Bostonians! part the second
When are y'all going to The Big Broadcast of 1946? We're going on Friday the 29th.

I have gotten the the point of disliking my default icon because it no longer looks like me once more. Need new pics. *sigh*

StrowlerCon Defined
We were struggling to sum it up; Elayna did it on Facebook quite succinctly: "StrowlerCon is a convention for traveling performers, who were called "strowlers" a long time ago. So basically, it was a con that was, by day, a bunch of performers teaching people their skills, and by night, those same performers gave mind-blowing performances. I met many new performers that I loved, got to see the ones I already knew, and actually got to perform on the final night."

More on WisCon
These posts expand the topic.

Right now I am just hoping really hard that ConCom sees sense, because otherwise, darlings, we have a schism. And no one else is doing the kind of social justice programming WisCon is (although apparently some members of concom are not paying attention to that), and I'd hate to see the SF community lose that. This is a crossroads.

Link Soup
* Comics about consent!
* Jonathan Coulton on Benoit Mandelbrot.
* I am not allowed to buy Realms of Fantasy.
* What the fuck is my transmedia strategy?
* I totally get this.

Daily Science
Cells read only those genes which are needed at a given moment, while the others are chemically labeled and, thus, selectively turned off. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center have now been the first to discover how these labels are placed at exactly the right spot in the genetic material. Important players are regulatory RNA molecules. They form a plait-like triple helix with the DNA serving as a signpost for the labels.

Work, where all things are volunteer training and Clothesline Project. So much Clothesline Project. It's a good thing I find folding shirts to be meditative, because no one ever sends them back folded. Lunch out, some long-overdue errands, and maybe ducking into Mind's Eye to do a few rows on the shawl, time permitting, before Diesel. Dinner with feste_sylvain. Must buy Big Broadcast tickets; since 10/29 is the *only* day I can go, it would really suck if they were sold out.
19th-Oct-2010 11:45 am (UTC)
I am Not Pleased with the Wiscon ConCom strategey (or lack thereof) because it's awful behavior to the people they want to welcome and because damnit, this was the year I wanted to go for the first time (0) since it did not work out before and I don't want to go if they are pulling this:/

Anyway, before I overrun your post with sad, have a great time at Diesel and Elayana's Strowlercon definition is perfect:)

(0) I also know my position is completely not the most important one since I have a reasonably sized invisible knapsack of privilege, I'm not a regular guest and all I know of Wiscon stuff I know from the internet, but it feels terrible.:/
19th-Oct-2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
I am Not Pleased with the Wiscon ConCom strategey (or lack thereof) because it's awful behavior to the people they want to welcome and because damnit, this was the year I wanted to go for the first time (0) since it did not work out before and I don't want to go if they are pulling this:/

I find it astonishing that they're doing this on a Biggish Anniversary year (35). WisCon is the only con where I've ever felt comfortable and unstressed. I've been wanting to get back to WisCon for a couple of years, and this year looked like it was going to be possible, but now...! RaceFail continues to shake the WisCon bucket, and more and more crap keeps floating to the surface. I keep hoping someone will skim out the bad stuff and leave the good stuff in, rather than having the whole bucket kicked. :P
19th-Oct-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
This. All of this.

Also, I'm seriously frustrated/upset/angry this morning because I just looked at all of Elizabeth Moon's LJ posts since her September 11 post, and not once does she even mention all the consequences of that post. It's like she's either completely unaware or completely uncaring that she has set in motion a chain of events that is tearing a community apart.
19th-Oct-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Reportedly, comments on her other posts that make reference to the Recent Unpleasantness are deleted.
19th-Oct-2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I am Not Surprised.

I had also intended to say in my previous comment, but it slipped my mind during the time it took to walk from the kitchen back downstairs to my office: "It's possible she is addressing this in other fora, but since the whole thing was started in her LJ I think that's the appropriate place to address it. Of course, the way she took her toys and went home after people had the audacity to disagree with that post causes me to greatly doubt she will do the appropriate thing here."
19th-Oct-2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Nisi Shawl, her fellow GoH, has apparently, in her Awesomeness, been talking to her about the whole debacle. I don't know what kind of progress Nisi has been making with her.

I'm wondering if Moon's lawyers have decided she needs to not address this publicly or something stupid like that; someone pointed out that there could be legal issues with disinviting her, in that the verbal contract might be sufficiently binding that WisCon would have to pay her what they would have paid for her transport and lodging even if she were removed as GoH. So if Moon made any public statement acknowledging a problem, that could be used against her in the contract negotiations... et cetera.
19th-Oct-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
You know, at this point, fuck it, pay her anyway and disinvite her, imnsho. Her not having a forum in which she is honored as a feminist is the more important part to me.
19th-Oct-2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
At this point (and admittedly it's easy for me to say this since I wouldn't be the one writing the check), it might be worth paying the money just to make her go away.

The impression I've gotten from a lot of the things I've read about this is that a number of people (I'm tempted to say "a lot of people," but that could just be the echo chamber effect) are so upset about this that they won't go to next year's Wiscon if Moon is there at all, regardless of what kind of statement or apology she might issue beforehand.
19th-Oct-2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
I like Elayna's definition very much. (As I mentioned in my post, I was very unsure what to call it.)

I like the idea of the consent cartoons, but I don't think they were very well realized.

I <3 Sady and think she has good things to say there.
19th-Oct-2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Quote: I am not allowed to buy Realms of Fantasy.

Neither am I.... sigh.
19th-Oct-2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
You either? ;-)

19th-Oct-2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
[chuckle] Warren is offering the magazine for $1.00 to any "responsible person". I might be a responsible person with the best intentions in the world, but I'm currently an overburdened one.

My taking on yet another project in my hardscrabble life where I already need 37 hours in each 24-hour period to get stuff done.... probably best not even to contemplate it.
19th-Oct-2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I might be a responsible person with the best intentions in the world, but I'm currently an overburdened one.

Exactly. Plus, while I could come up with the dollar to buy the magazine, all the dollars that need to come after in order to keep it running present a major problem.
19th-Oct-2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Fucking transmedia strategy is a major time sink! (For me at any rate.) I found a variation of the strategy for Twilight (Reaching two-screen audiences with mobile device agnostic YouTube videos with brand monetisation and vampires.) plus a strategy that sounds good to me even though I'm not entirely sure I've fully unpacked the sentence yet (Engaging the passive majority through inversion of the participation pyramid through narrativising the points layer.)
19th-Oct-2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thinking more about Realms of Fantasy, I think one thing that hurt them (certainly not enough to be the deciding factor, but it certainly did them no favors) was the way they handled their Kindle edition. Rather than publish it as a Kindle magazine - which would have enabled people who read magazines on the Kindle to find it easily - they published each issue as a book, which meant a lot of people who might have been interested never even knew about it and also made it more inconvenient for people to read because they'd have to remember to look for the new issue each time it came out. Again, certainly not the killing blow, but it can't have helped.
19th-Oct-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
You raise an excellent point.
19th-Oct-2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Had they been published as a Kindle magazine, I would have almost certainly subscribed. Instead, I didn't even know RoF was available on Kindle.
19th-Oct-2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I think another one is how badly they handled the response to their first new (but continued antifeminist male-gaze) cover. Right when they should have been getting a lot of excitement going, their defensiveness and dismissiveness turned off a lot of people who would have subscribed + promoted (like me).
20th-Oct-2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, Amazon was not making it easy for magazines to get in the Kindle door. So that was possibly the only way Realms could publish in Kindle format.
20th-Oct-2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's entirely possible - I really don't know much at all about being on that side of the Kindle. I'm glad Asimov's and Analog were able to get on the Kindle, but I really wish F&SF were available.
19th-Oct-2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
The Sady Doyle thing:

we don’t have an infrastructure in place where bloggers can say “I cannot handle this right now” or, basically, speak up about being abused or being triggered by their own self-created Internet spaces.

SRSLY. Where can I apply to retroactively establish this infrastructure, please?
19th-Oct-2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I am planning on being at the Big Broadcast on the 29th, among other days. One thing you can do either before or after Diesel is swing by the Somerville Theatre and buy your tickets in advance. I do not know if they can be held at the will-call with that kind of advance purchase. Alternately, you could just buy them online and pay the extra few bucks in fees.
19th-Oct-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Not Bostonian but what flavor of Alice costume were you looking for? Steampunk-esque?
20th-Oct-2010 12:05 am (UTC)
26th-Oct-2010 02:07 am (UTC)
*sigh* yeah, I'm not allowed to buy RoF either.
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